Admission to the master of urban design (MUD) program is competitive and selective. The program is a post-professional degree that requires a core understanding of environmental design, design thinking, and relationships between sites, people, and contexts. Applicants for the program must hold a degree in architecture, civil engineering, historic preservation, landscape architecture, or urban planning or demonstrate equivalent achievement through a combination of experience and education.
Applicants must be admitted to Ball State’s Graduate School and be accepted by the coordinator of the urban design program. Admission is determined on the basis of your individual qualifications and satisfactory performance on all required materials. The program requires an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 for the second half of your baccalaureate education. Graduate assistants must maintain a 3.0 GPA. If your GPA is below these requirements, you may be admitted with probationary status based on GRE scores and other criteria, and you must achieve a 3.0 GPA for unrestricted admission. See Ball State’s equal opportunity and affirmative action policy.Application Process You may apply for admission online. The graduate application fee is $50. The application fee may be paid by credit card or e-check immediately after submitting the online application. First-time applicants to Ball State must request one official transcript from the institution that granted your baccalaureate degree and each institution attended for undergraduate and graduate work. Ask the registrar at each institution to send your transcripts to the Graduate School, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306. It is not necessary to request Ball State transcripts or transcripts of work completed anywhere before any Ball State degree. The following must be submitted directly to the urban design coordinator at the address below:
Submitted portfolios must meet the following requirements:
Submit all supplemental materials to:Urban Design CoordinatorBall State CAP:IC50 South Meridian Street Suite 302Indianapolis, IN 46204
International Students Students who are not U.S. residents must apply for admission to Ball State through the Rinker Center for International Programs instead of the Ball State Graduate School. Credits from secondary schools, colleges, universities, and other educational institutions outside the U.S. must be evaluated by the Rinker Center staff before acceptance. International applicants must still submit the curriculum vitae/resume, statement of professional intent, and portfolio of professional work to the urban design coordinator as described above.
Application DeadlinesThe preferred application deadline, by which you must be accepted by the University and all supplemental materials received (not just postmarked) by us, is March 15. Admission decisions will be mailed by April 1 to those who apply and submit all required materials prior to this deadline. All who wish to be considered for the limited number of graduate assistantships must meet this preferred deadline.
Those who miss the preferred application deadline may still apply up to 4 weeks before the start of the fall semester and will be considered on a space-available basis. The typical review process takes 2 to 4 weeks from the time you are accepted by the university and we receive all supplemental materials, and decision letters will be mailed on a revolving basis.
Questions? If you have any questions regarding the application requirements, process, or schedule, please contact Brad Beaubien, the Urban Design Coordinator.
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